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Old 01-04-2011, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by ktbb
We have to make sure we get the envelopes/boxes that have "FLAT RATE" printed on them...they have the same containers that are not flat rate.
I have picked up several of the FRE and gotten a regular one in the mix. IT was going to cost $25+ to mail. I ripped it open and addressed a FRE, they watched me do it. Post lady grinned and said, "If it fits it ships and you sure can stuff one."
I now make sure that I inspect them and make sure that they say FLAT RATE.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:03 PM
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The post office is having issues with the bulging envelopes that are taped end to end, corner to corner so that no part of the envelope has been left without tape. However they will accept the flap being taped and the label being taped. even if you have to call a manager- the reason you should give is: you are making precautionary measures to keep the flap secure & mailing label intact during the shipping process.



I use flat rate all the time.. you just have to be able to seal the envelope on its own first prior to the taping. I can send a pair of jeans in them.. Yes A PAIR OF JEANS!!!!


Their motto for flat rates is: " if it fits it ships"
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:05 PM
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there is a lot of confusion about this. From what I understand, there is a variety of mail called Critical, the new FRE rules are supposed to apply to this which is a commercial mailing class (businesses). Some PO's are interpreting the rules to mean ALL FRE's.
Rather than fighting with them, just use the new FR padded envelope - available now on the USPS website - I just ordered a bunch - they are free and you get them delivered to your house. They may have them at the PO but I prefer to have my own supply.

Here is the link to order them, you do have to have an account with the PO, very easy and free to set up.

https://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10052&productId=10007166&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=10000002&top_category=10000002&categoryId=10000036&top=&currentPage=0&sort=&viewAll=Y&rn=CategoriesDisplay&WT.ac=10007166]https://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/sto...WT.ac=10007166[/url]
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Originally Posted by apronlady
The boxes are not the problem - they stay the same. The issue is with the envelopes. They fit up to 8 yards of fabric in them and you use to send them anywhere in the country for the same flat rate - NO LONGER. Now it's each package weighed and depending on where in the country or world you're sending them will be the cost.

This is a big deal when you're selling fabric to accurately quote people. I like to give fabric away as well, but this postage thing is a pain.
you mailed priority- not FLAT RATE priority.. Same envelope just missing the word FLAT on it..
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:50 PM
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thank god for the usps lol
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thank god for the usps lol
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:01 PM
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My post office told me Priority Flat Rate Envelopes could not be bulging and had to be fairly flat or post offices could charge you more.
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:58 PM
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There is another flat rate envelope for documents only; BUT it is not the ones we have been using for sending fabrics.
My PO carries both in the lobby area.
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Originally Posted by dream56
My post office told me Priority Flat Rate Envelopes could not be bulging and had to be fairly flat or post offices could charge you more.
Try to go to another post office then. Cause all the ones Ive used tell me the same thing.. if it fits it ships.. flap must fold and clear packing tape on flap and mailing labels are fine.. I host the 10.5in swaps and I can fit 72 squares ( 6 yards) in one envelope with no problem with my dinky PO, Republics PO, Mt Vernon's, or Springfield's Post Offices..
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If there is a change in Priority Flat Rate shipping, could you please show or tell us where yo see this on the USPS.com website? I can't find where there is any changes in Priority shipping.
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